everyday inspiration

Summer

10 Things: July, August + September

J U L Y 

  1. Pedialyte popsicles are game changers.
  2. Even if you like Black Box wine, don’t even think about trying the whiskey.
  3. Bottomless mimosa brunch is always/never a good idea.
  4. 13 years later, Veronica Mars has still got it. #TrueLoVeForever
  5. People are legitimately divided on the purpose of a koozie.
  6. Find someone to take on their first 2am Waffle House experience.
  7. Have a beer with your parents’ childhood friends.
  8. You can do yoga poses while holding wine.
  9. Take your birthday off work.
  10. Jump in the pool.

 

A U G U S T

  1. It doesn’t matter if it’s “dry heat”, 105 degrees is too.freaking.hot.
  2. Traveling hungover is the absolute worst.
  3. 3-year-olds will ask you questions you’ve never even considered before.
  4. Be bold and take yourself out of a situation you don’t want to be in.
  5. Sometimes an ice luge is purely for show.
  6. Meet your significant other in another city.
  7. Be EXTREMELY clear to said significant other about what flight you’re on.
  8. Go see an Illusionist and allow your belief to be suspended, if only for 1 night.
  9. Don’t let the tiniest thing ruin your evening.
  10. Be patient; it is a virtue after all.

 

S E P T E M B E R

  1. PSL Cold Brew is the best drink Starbucks has ever created.
  2. Never let me eat Taco Bell in the car.
  3. Buy a newly engaged couple a bottle of wine – even when you don’t know them.
  4. Let celebrities enjoy time with their families.
  5. Trust, but verify.
  6. Key lime pie is always better in Florida.
  7. 75% of adults are magnesium deficient.
  8. Mix prints and just go with it.
  9. Open the Veuve on a random night.
  10. The bigger the charcuterie board = the better.

 

xo xo

10 Things: Jan + Feb, March + April, May + June


life lately: summer edition

The blog is back from summer hiatus! Here’s a snapshot of our summer – from NYC to LA to everything in between. ❤

N Y C
[spontaneous meet-up in my favorite city]

[I flew in from phoenix, he flew in from bentonville + after lots of delays and a comedy of errors, we finally found each other at la guardia at 1am]

[found the cutest lunch spot with lobster rolls + aperol spritz]

[the best live DJ ride with robin + DJ john michael
350 rides for me + 400 rides for husband!!]

[mind seriously BLOWN by Dan White, the Magician – highly recommend]

[explored williamsburg: smorgasburg (a foodie’s dream come true), brooklyn brewery + the william vale rooftop]

[sunset sails are my absolutely favorite]

[greenwich village: dinner at palma + snuck in to smalls jazz club]

L A
[labor day weekend]

[soaking up the sun in manhattan beach]

[exploring santa barbara + contemplating how to retire here]

[the national at the greek theatre – 9.2.19]

[room views + hotel pools]

[ended the trip at my favorite places with my favorite people]

E V E R Y T H I N G.  I N.  B E T W E E N. 


[LE event of the SUMMER – Stephen and Jaimie get MARRIED!!!]

[celebrated my favorite guy’s birthday with concert, cake + daquiris]

[celebrated Becky’s 30th on the lake #thirtyAF]

[hosted family + showed them some of our fave spots around town]

[attended my very first national sales meeting with this awesome crew in phoenix]

[dinner + a show with the fam]

[it’s a hard knock life/summer without this squad]

[sunset sails, whether on the hudson river or beaver lake, never disappoint]

Summer was delightful, but now on to my favorite season of all – F A L L !
xo xo


life lately

[enjoying this || a perfect summer evening with tap dance, tacos + beer]

[celebrating this || our 8th anniversary with a special drink + handwritten letters]

[soaking in this || the start of summer fridays]

[loving on this || blushing bride-to-be]

[eating this || so much food at bite x2]

[dancing to this || girls night out to see our favorite 90s cover band]

[relaxing like this || the most chill 4th of july weekend with my favorite people]

Alright friends, I’m signing off for the summer!

Enjoy the longer days, the extra time with family + friends and take some time just for YOU (preferably with rosé).

I’ll be back in September with life lately summer edition, alllll the book reviews + more travel adventures! ❤

xo xo


10 Things: May + June

M A Y 

  1. Celebrate anniversaries, even if it’s just with champagne on the patio.
  2. Something you loved last year might not be something you love this year.
  3. Celebrities – they’re just like us.
  4. Put your mozzarella in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes before eating it (trust me).
  5. Watching series finales is more fun with friends.
  6. A themed party is a better party.
  7. Sunscreen DOES expire.
  8. Wine hack: never order the 2nd cheapest wine on the menu.
  9. Add coffee grounds to your hydrangeas to turn them blue.
  10. There’s no place like home.

 

J U N E 

  1. Visit/call/send postcards to your grandparents.
  2. Las Vegas sun is different than Arkansas sun.
  3. Wash your hair immediately after smoking a cigar.
  4. Don’t let your husband go to the dealership to just “test drive”.
  5. Long weekends are not the same as a week-long vacation.
  6. Sports can actually be fun if you have money riding on the game.
  7. You can make a delicious drink out of (accidental) frozen wine aka breakfast sangria slushie.
  8. If it feels like fate, take the leap and go for it.
  9. Don’t break in new shoes in Las Vegas.
  10. Take the bet; you have to risk to get the reward.

 

xo xo

10 Things: Jan + Feb, March + April


Vacation Picturebook: Reno + Las Vegas

R E N O 

We had the best start to our vacation visiting Kyle’s grandparents in Reno! They took us to Virginia City (old western town), we explored downtown Reno, and we had lots of late night wine in grandma’s gorgeous garden.

Then we took an amazing day trip to Lake Tahoe – one of my favorite places of ever!

L A S   V E G A S 

Night 1: We love the Cosmopolitan + Absinthe!! If you haven’t seen the show, we highly recommend, but warning it is VERY raunchy.

Pool days are the best days!

Night 2: We still love the Cosmopolitan and didn’t leave – found amazing live music + food at Rose. Rabbit.Lie, the coolest speakeasy behind a barbershop + late night milk bar cake (and secret pizza, obviously).

Another pool day and the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had in my life … also won $$ on my first ever sports bet. Yay Toronto!

Aaand then it was time for brother-sister Leo tattoos!

Fun last night at Container Park + Fremont Street

We had the best vacation spending time with family, and can’t wait to go back! ❤

xo xo


life lately

[drinking this || all the beer at our favorite event, fayetteville foamfest]

[loving this || the best monday night with literally everyone at the killers!]

[enjoying this || a quick trip to LA for work, eating at my favorite restaurant, spending time with one of my favorite people + running into DIANE KEATON!!]

[throwing this || game of thrones finale watch party, complete with themed food + drink and trivia with prizes]

[cheers-ing to this || an amazing long weekend]

xo xo


so long, sweet summer.

Oh sweet labor day,
your weekend signals the close of summer and the nudge to pack away the white pants.

But, for many, myself included, you also cue the thrill of something new. The best season of all is peeking around the corner (if we’re lucky). True, I’ve already planned my 3rd Annual Fall Party and I’m currently burning a pumpkin spice candle as I write this, BUT I’m actually trying to hold on to the sunshine just a little bit longer this year.

It’s been an extraordinary summer. Did we go on any huge trips? No. Did we have any life-altering events happen? Not really. But sometimes isn’t that the best summer of all? Little bits of joy coupled together to create a beautiful summer of memories.

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[in photographs]


And yet,
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

xo xo